Durban - The IFP has its sights firmly set on the 2021 local government elections with plans to build on the growth of the last national elections.
Newly-elected IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa used his maiden speech to stamp his authority against unruly behaviour that might divide the party and widen factionalism ahead of coming elections.
Hlabisa told about 4000-strong party delegates of the national conference held in Ulundi, Zululand: “Comrades, any slogan that is divisive will not build the IFP. There are songs which are divisive in nature. Any song you sing but you know is divisive... it will never build the IFP,” he said.
Hlabisa said IFP members had to embrace the spirit of unity and solidarity “that was demonstrated in this conference”. “Let us take this spirit and run with it. Anyone who raises a slogan or a song that turns to divide us, let us stop that person immediately.”
Hlabisa said the party had to be unified before the local government elections in two years’ time and the 2024 general elections. Under his leadership, he said, the party would position itself as the voice of social cohesion and national unity.